Burntisland Town Council Minutes: 30 October 1633
The Burntisland Town Council minutes of 1633 were a major source in Gill Paterson's research into the Burntisland events of that year. For example, the minutes of 30 October 1633 contained the stent list (taxation roll) which gave us the names of 277 of the town's residents at that time.
The Town Council records are contained in narrow bound books and are not available online. They are written in secretary hand and contain many archaic Scots words. Spelling is haphazard, as is the use of punctuation and capitals. Words are often abbreviated to save space. The Council usually met weekly. This extract is from the record of the meeting at which the stent list was discussed: “The Council meeting's were held with strict decorum and regularly weekly. The hours of meeting were unearthly, modelled on the daylight saving lines.”
readers a flavour of the original documents, two images of pages of the minutes
are provided below. They are accompanied by Gill's transcriptions.
[Transcription of the image on the right, which is the first page of the 30 October 1633 entry.]
Penultimo Octobris 1633
[Transcription of the image on the right, which is a specimen page from the stent list. We do not know what the 'x' in front of some names means; nor were we able to transcribe the sums due.]
(Left hand column)
jone anderson alias [brasone]
wm broun skippar
jone broun younger baxter
jone stoddart flesher
(Right hand column)
jone scot younger
james wat elder
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